Alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor in a fatal early morning car crash that involved someone driving the wrong way on Interstate 85 near the Billy Graham Boulevard exit, reports the Observer’s news partner WBTV.
Both drivers died in he multi-car crash that happened around 2:30 a.m. near exit 33. Northbound lanes near Little Rock Road were closed for about three hours during the investigation.
The motorist struck by the wrong-way driver has been identified as Mitchell Ray Mobley, 43, reports WBTV. A female passenger in Mobley’s car was taken to Carolinas Medical Center and is in critical condition, the station reported.
The driver of the car going the wrong way was a female in a 2001 Toyota. She died on scene, WBTV reports.
WSOC reports a FedEx driver drove up on the crash shortly after it happened and used his fire extinguisher to put out the flames after one vehicle caught fire.
It’s the second fatal interstate crash this year in Charlotte involving a wrong-way driver. In March, a man driving for miles headed in the wrong direction on Interstate 485 ran head on into another vehicle. It happened about 2 a.m.
The wrong-way driver and the motorist he struck were both killed. A third vehicle was sideswiped by the wrong-way driver.
There have also been wrong-way fatal crashes on Interstate 77, the last one occurring in Sept. 2015 near Huntersville. Two died in that crash, which also occurred around 2:30 a.m.